It happens all the time. Hiring managers get bombarded with resumes from college graduates hoping to catch their first big-break right after graduation.
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, were born between 1980 and 1999. They are often stereotyped as being inexperienced and obsessed with social media. And that's exactly why they should be so attractive to employers.
The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School and the Young Entrepreneurs Council did a study on Millennials and found that by 2014, 36 percent will make up the workforce, by 2020 the number is expected to jump to 46 percent.
Millennials have a leg-up in today's workforce because they've been surrounded by technology their whole lives. They are digitally equipped and ready to dive into their careers in a different way from previous generations.
Here are 7 reasons why companies should consider hiring Millennials:
- Eagerness. This group of 20-somethings truly want to learn and grow. They want to continuously add new skills to their resumes and they are more likely to take the initiative to learn a new task.
- Tech Savvy Multi-taskers. They are the experts in social media. They grew up texting, downloading and are up-to-date on the latest devices. Plus, they are master multi-taskers. According to the study, Millennials can switch their attention between platforms such as smartphones, tablets and laptops 27 times per hour versus the previous generation at 17 times per hour.
- It's Not About the Money. Yes, recent grads tend to be less expensive because of their lack of experience. However, they are more motivated by the job and not the cash. According to recent studies, 30 percent viewed meaningful work as important and 28 percent said a sense of accomplishment topped their list.
- Seeing It Differently. A new perspective from an eager, young worker is refreshing and can be a valuable asset to the company.
- Roll With the Punches. Change happens and you can't avoid it. Millennials are used to adapting and changing constantly especially with ever-changing technology.
- Team Players. This group of go-getters are used to working in a team environment and they are not afraid to be a leader. According to the study, 30 percent started a business in college and 35 percent started a side business.
- Social Media Megaphone. According to the study, 52 percent of Millennials have more than 300 Facebook friends. The study also found employees who are active on Facebook can increase the company's digital reach.
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